Friday and Saturday sees yet another wine weekend taking place near Cape Town. What I like about this one is that it's a bit alternative. Often with the commercial expos you end up indoors with little stands for each farm that look identical. This doesn't really allow the winemakers to bring their wines' personalities through and I always leave disappointed. This little beauty sounds like the exact opposite. PLENTY of character here.
It's dubbed the Soetes & Soup weekend and takes place in Breedekloof. Jamie, Jamie, where the hell is Breedekloof? Relax, petal, I will tell you. Breedekloof is only an hour from Cape Town and is made up of 22 wineries in the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini and Breede River areas. There is a nice mix of boutique farms, estates and large commercial co-operatives. Happy? Good.
Okay, so the vibe is that you buy an enamel mug for R10 and then fill it with delicious soup at the participating wineries. There are some very interesting (ambitious?) sounding recipes including biltong and blue-cheese, apple and brie and even chocolate. There are food and wine pairings, special prices on selected wines, art galleries, jewellery exhibitions and live music. For a full programme of activities check out http://www.breedekloof.com/events.html
I can see this being a bit of a cultural crowd but we've got no problem with a bit of culture every now and then. I just hope they don't overdo it. There's nothing worse than someone tasting a glass of wine and calling it things like "playful" or "witty". Really, the wine is "cheeky"? How so?
If you're looking for something different take a drive. It's an hour. In Jozi you can drive an hour and still be in the carpark.